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Winston Smith

3 GOP council members pass ordinance so they can fix it

The Panhandle overlay district was passed by Lancaster County Council on June 9. Councilwoman Charlene McGriff, a Democrat, made the motion to approve, commenting, “What if we move forward, pass the third reading, and then move forward immediately with amendments to change some of the concerns we have.”

Republican council members Larry McCullough, Bob Bundy and Brian Carnes agreed with McGriff and passed the motion.


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Ashley Landess

Just how widespread is public corruption in S.C.?

After six years of peeling back layers of our corrupt state government, nothing should surprise us.

And yet Judge Casey Manning’s ruling was still a shock – it didn’t seem possible for a judge to shut down a grand jury investigation into alleged corruption by the speaker of the house and argue that Bobby Harrell’s staff and colleagues on the House Ethics Committee must first decide if he had committed a crime.

But it happened.


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Bob Lanning

God commends the faithful

The Bible declares that God is faithful, meaning that he is firm, reliable, steadfast, sure, dependable, and trustworthy. The Hebrew word for faithful is “aman,” from which we derive our English word “Amen.”


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Sheila Bickford

Time for new leadership in South Carolina

As our college students head home for summer vacation, they face an overwhelming burden of debt due to Gov. Nikki Haley’s budget cuts.

Her budget cuts have forced South Carolina’s colleges to have the highest tuition in the Southeast. Haley talks about building our economy, but refuses to allow money in the budget to build a foundation for an affordable higher education system.


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Brian Carnes

Carnes explains our county budget process

In this month’s column, I will discuss the budget process used by Lancaster County.

At the June 23 County Council meeting, the 2014-15 county budget was on the County Council agenda for final approval. However, the budget process began more than six months earlier in December 2013.


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Richard Eckstrom

Community festivals fun and beneficial

Next month, I’ll be attending the Lexington County Peach Festival in Gilbert.

The Peach Festival is one of my home county’s proud traditions. For nearly 60 years, tens of thousands have flocked to this small town on Independence Day weekend to pay tribute to one of our state’s favorite summertime fruits.


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Carolyn Taylor

Constitution more than ‘just piece of paper’

I am writing this in response to John Lage’s article, “The tea party believes in the Constitution,” published in the May 21 edition of The Lancaster News.

Mr. Lage, I have spent most of my adult life as an educator, first as a high school teacher of U.S. History for nine years and 25 years as a college professor of theater and speech.

I spent many years in classrooms in preparation for my work. I have multiple degrees, including a high school diploma. Therefore, I am well acquainted with the classroom.


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County vs. schools: What needs to happen

Residential developers need good local schools and good county services for their houses to sell and to make new residents happy. The county and the school district are both suffering from the long term emphasis on homebuilding in Indian Land that has led to a property tax base that does not expand its revenue as fast as it expands its need for services.


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Brooks Walker

Lies continue to come from White House

It seems Susan “the unreliable” Rice has been sent out to spread fabrications to make the Obama administration look good once again.

You’d think that after the Benghazi debacle of lies, someone would have learned a lesson about lying to the American people. But after her first round of lies, she was promoted to national security advisor so she could not be forced to testify about Benghazi.


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Ken Bell

Ms. Mike Hammer promotes her book

 


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